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Man hospitalized after shooting at party

A 21-year-old Dorchester man was in serious condition at Boston Medical Center yesterday after being shot in the back during a house party Saturday. The victim was shot at 132 Seaver St. in Roxbury, then stumbled outside, police said. A motorist called police about 12:10 a.m., reporting the incident as a ''person struck," he said. Officers found the man lying on the sidewalk at Seaver Street and Humboldt Avenue. Police are interviewing witnesses. They did not have a motive for the shooting.

PROVIDENCE

Teen to face murder charge in infant case

Charges against a Pawtucket teenager accused of violently shaking a 2-month-old infant will be upgraded to murder now that the child has died, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said yesterday. Ediberto Irizarry, 18, was originally charged with first-degree child abuse for allegedly shaking the boy earlier this month. The infant is the child of Irizarry's live-in girlfriend, who was not at home at the time of the incident. Irizarry and the boy are not related. Because the baby died Saturday evening at Hasbro Children's Hospital, the child-abuse charges will be dismissed, and Irizarry will be charged with murder, Lynch said. Irizarry, who remains behind bars for having violated bail, is to be arraigned today on the upgraded charge in Providence District Court. (AP)

RAYNHAM

Taunton man charged in rape of woman

A Taunton man was arrested shortly after midnight yesterday at the Day's Inn on Route 44 after a naked and bloody woman ran out of one of the rooms, police said. Scott Gouveia, 46, was arrested and charged with aggravated rape, armed assault with intent to murder, attempted murder by strangulation, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, said Detective Sergeant David Bonaparte. Officers responded to a disturbance call at the hotel and as they approached one of the rooms, the door opened and the woman ran out screaming. The woman was bloody and tied up but was not seriously hurt, Bonaparte said. Bail for Gouveia was set at $5,000.

CRANSTON, R.I.

4 N.E. Guardsmen wounded in Iraq blast

A roadside bomb blast injured four Rhode Island Army National Guard soldiers, including one from Newton, Mass., north of Iraq's capital yesterday, the military said. Major General Reginald Centracchio, the head of the Rhode Island Guard, said a mounted patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device, or IED -- the term the military uses for roadside bombs. The wounded soldiers, all part of the 173d Long Range Surveillance Detachment, were treated for minor injuries at a triage hospital in Balad, Iraq, then released to their unit. The soldiers were identified as Staff Sergeant Timothy Halloran of Pawcatuck, Conn.; Specialist Randy Leboeuf of Cumberland; Specialist Richard Busa of Newton, Mass.; and Specialist Michael Finn of Warwick. (AP)

AMESBURY

2 injured in single-car crash on Rte. 110

Police are investigating the cause of a single-car crash on Saturday night that left two people injured. Police Sergeant William said John Williams, 51, and Sheryl Williams, 49, both of Merrimac, were traveling west on Route 110 in Amesbury at about 9 p.m. when the driver lost control, crossed the road, and hit a guardrail several times. The vehicle left the road and flipped onto its side in a wooded area. Scholtz said police are unsure who was driving the car. Sheryl Williams flown to Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she was in fair condition yesterday, a hospital spokesman said. John Williams was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, where he was in stable condition.

NEW HAVEN

Rowland's sentencing delayed by 1 week

A federal judge has granted former governor John G. Rowland a one-week sentencing delay in his corruption case. Senior US District Judge Peter C. Dorsey moved Rowland's sentencing from March 11 to March 18. Rowland's lawyer William F. Dow III said Rowland needed the extra week to gather information for the sentencing. Rowland has asked friends to write letters to Dorsey on his behalf. Dow asked the judge for the delay on Friday; a review of electronic files of court records on Saturday confirmed that Dorsey granted the request. Rowland accepted a plea deal in December that will probably send him to prison for 15 to 21 months. Rowland, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal honest services. He admitted that he traded access to his office for more than $100,000 in repairs to his cottage, private flights to Las Vegas, and Vermont vacations. (AP)

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